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Bess Hinson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2011 with more than $150,000 in student loans to pay off. Over the next several years, she went from a job at King & Spalding in Atlanta to Nelson Mullins before landing at 168-lawyer Morris, Manning & Martin in April, thinking all the while about the mountain of debt she had accrued. Like many young lawyers, she was forced to make decisions about her employer based on her ability to pay off her loans.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at bseal@alm.com or @BSealTAL.

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